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Why Holocaust Analogies Aren't Helping Republicans Win Jewish Votes

John A. Tures | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
John A. Tures

Republicans have done everything they can to win the Jewish vote, never missing an opportunity to link Democrats and any foreign policy opponent to the Nazis and the Holocaust. They just don't get how offensive such remarks are to Jewish voters, continuing to drive them toward Democrats.

Astoria Characters: The Old-Timer You Won't See Any More

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.28.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Madeleine's Hosiery, which has been on Steinway Street forever, or at least for as long as anyone can remember, probably won't be there the next time you pass by.

The Effects Of Israel's Wars On Diaspora Jews

Forward | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion

Members of Israeli security forces stand during clashes with Palestinian protesters on July 24, 2015. The Israeli cabinet held a special session June...

"The Hope of How": A Prayer for Tisha B'Av

M. Dove Kent | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion
M. Dove Kent

This is my first contribution to the Huffington Post so let me introduce myself. I am the Executive Director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JF...

Yes, Europe's Jews Have a Future

Diego Ornique | Posted 07.23.2015 | World
Diego Ornique

Faced with rising anti-Semitism, terrorism, and unclear financial prospects, many have gone so far as to predict the mass exodus of millions of European Jews or urged them to flee. But that is not happening.

Israelis Stage 'Sleep-In' To Save Palestinian Village

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Van Winkle's

Does a "sleep-in" have the power to make a difference in the Middle East? One group of Israelis think so. This week, Israeli peace activists began a sleep-in protest in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya to prevent the Israeli army from demolishing it, as reported by The Independent.

Art Can Inspire Faith. It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies. Renaissance Art Depictions of Jesus Did Both

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

It's not surprising that artworks mirrored propaganda, since the paintings were commissioned by the Church, the biggest patron, and the wealthy, who sought to impress the Church with their devotion to Jesus and the teachings of the Church. Jesus the Jew did not fit into this illusory world.

Boy Scouts of America Deserves Condemnation -- Not Praise

Peter McGraith | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter McGraith

Robert Gates is not to blame that the ban on homosexual adult leaders was not addressed years sooner, but he must answer for the current plan that seeks to devolve anti-LGBT discrimination to all of those faith-based chartered organizations that might prefer to exclude LGBT parents. This is wrong and divisive.

What Was It Like to Testify Against Nazi War Criminal Oskar Groening?

Quora | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Quora

Originally I was supposed to testify in the trial of Oskar Groening after a whole list of people, but somehow they called on me to be first. That court was pretty disorganized so I decided that as soon as I got the opportunity to speak, I would do it.

The Bell Tolls for Us

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

The bells are tolling very loudly nowadays--all over Europe, in America, and the world over. Just over a week ago, two stories were published a day apart.

Fighting Back Together

Simone Rodan-Benzaquen | Posted 07.07.2015 | World
Simone Rodan-Benzaquen

To my Jewish friends, I want to say that I understand and share their fear and pain of seeing their country, France, stained again by anti-Semitism. Who would have believed that 70 years after World War II Jews would still be murdered in our country because they are Jewish?

God or gods, a Train of Thought That Ends Up Illuminating What We Need Illuminated

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Andy Schmookler

I found myself wondering today about something regarding the idea of God. It grew out of my noticing the strangeness of the contrast between two important cultures in the millennium before the birth of Jesus: the culture of the ancient Greeks and that of the ancient Hebrews.

In Memory of the July 1942 Roundup of Paris's Jews

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Erris Langer Klapper

Tatiana De Rosnay's Sarah's Key spent two years on the New York Times Bestseller List, and even longer than that on my nightstand before I finally read it. I regret not reading it sooner, as it would've drastically transformed my family's trip to Paris the previous summer.

Reclaiming Jewish Identity: An Aboriginal People of the Middle East

Binyamin Arazi | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Binyamin Arazi

Much of the confusion surrounding Jewish identity is the result of our unique historical circumstances, and our status as a nation that had been displaced by colonizers centuries ago and remained in exile until relatively recently.

Oren's Orgy of Self-Justification

James Zogby | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

The book is instructive and disturbing on many levels. First and foremost, I was struck by the arrogance and the sense of impunity with which Ally was written. No one who criticizes Israel is spared from Oren's venomous pen. Two targets receive special attention: President Obama and liberal American Jews.

Guns and the Godly

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Lawrence Wittner

There should be something disturbing to people committed to love and peace about the fact that, among all economically-developed countries, the United States has by far the highest rate of gun-related murders in the world.

Ukraine: World War II Fiasco Leads to Public Relations Disaster and Thorny Questions for Kiev and Foreign Diaspora

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For Kiev, winning the public relations war against Vladimir Putin would seem to be a no-brainer. For a year now, the Kremlin has conducted a thinly-disguised war of aggression in eastern Ukraine resulting in the deaths of thousands.

World Jewish Population Nears Pre-Holocaust Levels

AP | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — The world's Jewish population has grown to be nearly as large as it was before the Holocaust, an Israeli think tank said in its ann...

WATCH: 31-Year-Old Honors Late Mother's Wish By Having His Bar Mitzvah

HooplaHa | Posted 06.26.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

When Matthew Jurgens' mother passed away when he only 2 years old, her last request from Rabbi Pearl was for her son to have his Bar Mitzvah.

Charleston Church Shooting is a Crime Against all of America

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Charleston newspaper on day after massacre featuring sticker with sale on guns and ammo. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and ...

My Ramadan Story

YaLa Young Leaders | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
YaLa Young Leaders

This is my Ramadan story, and the one of my grandfather and my family. We are Jews. I grew up listening to stories about my grandfather. He was quite a character my grandpa!

5 Best Jewish Jokes Ever

Lawrence Rifkin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Comedy
Lawrence Rifkin

"Last Jewish Comic Standing," was what our family named a game we came up with for our guests to play at our son's Bar Mitzvah reception. Each guest pulled a classic Jewish joke written on a piece of paper and told the joke to the crowd.

Trump Joins Narratives of Hate over Immigration Battles

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The gigantic cover banner headline, "CLOWN RUNS FOR PREZ," appeared on the New York Daily News the morning following real estate mogul Donald Trump's announced run for the office of the presidency.

War Makes Headlines, Peace Frequently Does Not: Interfaith Efforts Pave a Path to Peace. But What Are Each of Us Doing?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Interfaith connection can heal the world; but only if there is enough of it - and enough of it requires enough of us working hard at it.

British Jews Stunned After Ultra-Orthodox Sect Bans Female Drivers

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Two prominent leaders of England’s Jewish community and a representative of the chief rabbi have joined in repudiating rab...